Design that Lasts

Designers are often asked to ensure that their designs look great now, but also to make sure they aren’t so trendy that in a few years they will look dated. It is often difficult to achieve this balance. A lot of what people (designers & clients alike) are influenced by are the new trends. We see lime green everywhere—in magazines, in fashion, in fabrics and other products–for a few years and we want lime green in our own homes. Yet we know that sooner or later, lime green will be dated and that sea green or the green of a fresh tulip stem or sage green will be the new, hot color. Therefore, designers have to be careful how much we are swayed by the trends.

My partner & I strive to create spaces that will last. So I appreciate Frank Roop’s strategy in this design. It comes off trendy, yet lasting. I like how he decided to accent in small ways—a throw pillow here, a light fixture there—so that when styles change, the owner can change those small things out and the design will continue to stay current as the backdrop for this home is timeless. The overall design is soft & elegant. Clean, without being minimalistic. This is a home where I’d be comfortable living and also proud to show off.

Photographs care of www.frankroop.com

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